Report: Mavs won’t part with Noel

Dallas Mavericks big man Nerlens Noel has been out of action since Nov. 26 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

While there has been speculation through league circles that Noel could be a buyout candidate, the New York Times is reporting the Mavs currently have no plans to part ways with the 23-year-old center.

Noel has only appeared in 18 games this season, posting averages of 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds on 52.8 percent shooting from the field.